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Friday, August 3, 2018

2018 National XC Champs Grenada North Park Tawa Sun 5 Aug






Oli Chignell 2018 Senior Men's XC Champs


Lisa Cross 2018 Senior Women's XC Champs

ANZ Race Preview
Individual Results
Team Results
ANZ Race Report
Dom Post Race Report
ODT Race Report


Well the mudbath is over for the year and we have a new bunch of national champions. The only thing left is to pick out the grime and clods of dirt from your spikes and gummies. 

But is that the end of it?

Locals know that Grenada North is a boggy place, even on a nice day.  Out of town competitors were warned but the level of mud on Sunday was possibly beyond the pale. 




Of course this all goes to defining what a good running cross-country course is and does Grenada North meet the standard.  

From a pure technical perspective Grenada may not tick all the boxes. The starting straight could be a bit longer before the first turn comes up and yes there are probably too many turns as well especially when you add up the laps.

The course layout team did a fair job at trying to find the driest lines for the modified course (changed to avoid the worst bits of the Wellington XC aftermath) but it was clear that only so much could be done.  

The thick mud seemed to be everywhere and we were probably lucky it didn't rain on the day as much as forecast.   

I know that some people would have loved the course.  Michelle Allison said she was having a great time and a day later Malcolm Hodge said he enjoyed it (really Malcolm?).  

Spectators would have been happy because it was easy to see how the races progressed and to get real close to the action.  A race director Todd Stevens though it was a good course.

Senior men’s winner Oli Chignell was obviously not too phased by the mud either as he is a little fella (and built for mud surfing) - see Oli’s video interview with Murray McKinnon and Nick Pointon). 

But on the other hands some will have hated the course not because there were boggy bits but because there was so much of it.  And if for nothing else these championships will be remembered for the mud.

Grenada North will be used again for the 2019 championships but I suspect there will be some interesting discussions behind the scenes between now and then.

Observations:

Good news that a NZ team will be named for the World XC Champs in 2019. The last time we had a team at these champs was 2011. The bad news is that anybody selected will have to pay for the trip themselves including contributing to the team management costs. 

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester did a good job navigating the course in the run for fun event, and in bare feet.  He got dirty though

Wayne Atkins was back watching the action

Niam MacDonald ran a terrific race and continues to impress

Michelle Allison (W60) can still jump hurdles

Nick Horspool and Dan Jones still recovering from the Gold Coast marathon (and their great times) so would not be pushing it

Liam Back is going to go a long way in the sport

Steve Reese-Jones owned the Masters Men race but headed off most of the Men’s U20 field as well

Can’t help feeling for Penny Peskett, runner-up in the Senior Women’s race for two years in a row.

Oli Chignell




















































































Boys and Girls U11 Photos































































Women U18 Photos














































Boys and Girls U13 Photos































































Masters Men 35-64, Men U20














































































































































































Master's Women and Master's Men 65+ Photos






























































Men U18 and Women U20 Photos























































































































































































Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester takes the jump in the run for fun


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